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Deric Bownds
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Retired as professor and department chair from University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2001, now a snowbird.
Retired as professor and department chair from University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2001, now a snowbird.

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Seeing what you feel - unconscious affect drives perception
Siegle et al. provide yet another example of how it is impossible to separate emotions from cognition and perception: Affective realism, the phenomenon whereby affect is integrated into an individual’s experience of the world, is a normal consequence of how...
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Why exercise alone may not cause weight loss.
Gretchen Reynolds points to work by Lark et al. showing that mice given the opportunity to exercise on a running wheel then are more lazy the rest of the time than mice who don't exercise. Thus the effects of voluntary exercise can be countered by a reducti...
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How our "I" is like a virtual reality headset.
I pass on some clips from Joshua Rothman's article on the ideas of Metzinger, Blanke and others regarding the actual nature of our experienced selves, ideas that rise from virtual embodiment experiments in which subjects become convinced that they are someo...
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Andy Clark on extended mind, A.I., and predictive processing
I want to point to a New Yorker article by Larissa MacFarquhar describing the evolution of the ideas of philosopher of mind Andy Clark. The first section of the article follows Clark's development of the idea that our minds must be defined as extended beyon...
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Baby Boomers reaching the end of their To-Do list
A few clips from an engaging piece by Patricia Hampl on the maturing of the baby boomer generation, those born in 1946 or later - who came of age during the Vietnam War era. (Born in 1942, I qualify as being on the leading edge of this generation.) Life, if...
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Basal forebrain and default mode network regulation.
The basal forebrain is an ascending, activating, neuromodulatory system involved in wake–sleep regulation, memory formation, and regulation of sensory information processing. Nair et al. show that it also influences (in mice) the default mode brain network ...
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Scared by the news? Take the long view.
I tell everyone I meet or chat with to read Steven Pinker's new book "Enlightenment Now." It was the subject of a series of recent MindBlog posts, starting on 3/1/18 . I want to pass on a few nice quotes from a recent interview of Pinker by David Bornstein...
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Cracking the code relating speech prosody to social judgements.
Ponsot et al. use an ingenious method to determine prosodic prototypes that govern social judgments in speech. Clips from their introduction: In social encounters with strangers, human beings are able to form high-level social representations from very thi...
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Locus Coeruleus integrity and memory in aging adults
The locus coeruleus is a deep brain nucleus whose cells synthesize noradrenaline that is sent via its axonal projections to other parts of the brain. Hämmerer et al. show that its integrity is critical in maintaining memory performance: Significance Locus c...
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A.I. quantifies 100 years of gender and ethnic stereotypes.
Hutson points to work of Garg et al. that uses artificial intelligence to demonstrate how racial and gender stereotypes have changed over time. They designed their program to use word embeddings, strings of numbers that represent a word’s meaning based on i...
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